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Gentle Persuasion

Duff here. I believe I mentioned before How well I have trained Mom. She responds to a Prolonged Stare when I’m hungry. Or a Tummy Rub when I roll over and look Winningly Cute. I’m particularly Successful when I decide to Wake 5 or 10 minutes before the Alarm. I shake My Body in My carrier and She begins to…

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Are You a Now Person?

Recently, a good friend of mine was involved in a severe car accident. When the other driver hit her head on, her entire world changed. She has a large garden. Fruit trees that need pruning. A thriving greenhouse right off her front entry, filled with soothing plants and spring growth that require loving care. A colorful garden in front of…

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Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

Don’t be so hard on yourself. The mom in E.T. (the movie) had an alien in her house for days and didn’t notice. —Nestingwithgran.com Duff here. I have many Opportunities to watch People. Since I’m a Dog, I seem Invisible. I tuck Myself away in a Corner and Observe what’s going on. I check People out as They drive down…

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Everyday Challenges

Duff here. There are days when Everything goes right in My World. Mom wakes up at the right Time. She moves smoothly through her Morning Routine, and We venture outdoors. Dawn is just beginning to Show Itself in the Sky. The weather is cool, but Pleasant. I stop and She hooks up My Leash. And off We go. The Day…

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Happy Mother’s Day

There’s no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one. —Jill Churchill Duff here. Mom and I were Chilling Out on the Sofa the other Day. And I started to think about All the Things She does for Me. Feeds me delicious Food. Walks Me. Washes my bedding, of which I have a…

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A Walk in the Sunshine

Duff here. Sometimes, Mom gets wound up Working on the Computer. She stands in front of It (or sits, as the case may Be), and hunts-and-pecks away. She’s a four Finger typist, so Speed is not Her forte. And She loses track of time! Hours can go By, and She’s still plunking away. Beautiful Spring weather is outdoors. And yet,…

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Just Do It

That awkward moment when you’re wearing Nikes . . . and you can’t just do it. —yourtango.com Duff here. I often tackle Projects unfit for a Small Dog as Myself. I mean well, but sometimes just can’t Succeed. The other day, I was Doing My usual Number when We motor down the street: Front seat to the Back seat. Then…

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